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Every July we welcome a new wave of residents and fellows into our UI Health Care family. This year, we are very pleased that a wonderfully diverse and talented group, who represent the best and the brightest in their respective fields, will join our ranks. These talented physicians and scientists will undoubtedly contribute greatly to our enterprise, and we are tremendously excited they are here.

As Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center, we are committed to providing the finest training experience possible for our residents and fellows, as well as supporting them and helping them succeed in their chosen career paths. They can look forward to experiencing a commitment to clinical excellence, including quality care delivered in a wide range of services; the most up-to-date medical technology; a medical staff comprised of senior physicians who have national reputations in their fields; excellent nursing and other professional staffs with rigorous standards for quality and service; and highly regarded research programs in clinical, translational, and basic science.

This Wednesday, we will hold an evening reception for all of our new and returning residents and fellows to formally mark the beginning of their time here at UI Health Care. It will be a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with our new colleagues and welcome them as they embark on their journey of further development as our next generation of outstanding medical leaders.

Signed, Jean Robillard

Spine Center honored

UI Hospitals and Clinics has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “40 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic and Spine Programs.” According to the magazine, “Hospitals named to this list have been awarded numerous accolades for their programs by other publications and rating agencies, provide superior outcomes, and have strong program reputations.”

The only Iowa hospital on the list, UI Hospitals and Clinics was cited for receiving a Magnet Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and being ranked eighth in the nation in orthopedics by U.S.News & World Report. The magazine article also noted that “the orthopedic department’s expertise covers all subspecialties of orthopedics, and it is home to the Ponseti Clubfoot Center, founded by Ignacio Ponseti, MD, who pioneered his own method of treating clubfoot in infants.”

Next forum set for July 14

Everyone working and learning with UI Health Care is invited to “UI Health Care TODAY”–a staff forum featuring a new and improved format on July 14 at noon in the Atrium Conference Center (Elevator F, Level 7), or view the forum on your computer from The Point.

The new format is less formal and features more information. During this session, we will be talking about our financial and other performance trends, service excellence, staff and faculty awards and recognition, and the Iowa River Landing project. As always, live questions are encouraged!

Open forum with President Sally Mason

UI President Sally Mason will host an open forum at the UI Carver College of Medicine Thursday, July 22 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110 Medical Education Research Facility. President Mason will provide a brief update, followed by a question and answer session. After the forum, college leaders will meet with President Mason to update her on recent accomplishments in research, education, and patient care.

Leadership changes

Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, Professor and Head, Internal Medicine, has announced the following leadership appointments:

  • Daniel Diekema, MD, Director, Division of Infectious Diseases. Thanks to Dr. Jack Stapleton for his extraordinary service as director for the past six years.
  • Joseph Zabner, MD, Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine. He has served as interim division director since 2008.

Ken Kates, CEO, UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Associate Vice President, UI Health Care, made the following assignments due to the departure of Tim Gaillard, Associate Director and Chief Administrative Officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics and interim Executive Director of UI Children’s Hospital:

  • Jody Kurtt, RN, MA, NEA-BC, will serve as interim executive director of UI Children’s Hospital. She currently serves as the director of Nursing and Patient Care Services of UI Children’s Hospital and is the Senior Associate Director of Children’s and Women’s Services.
  • Laurance Reed, MBA, will serve as interim associate director with responsibility for Engineering, Environmental and Guest Services, Food and Nutrition, Project Art, the Hospital Museum, and Patients’ Library. He is currently Associate Director for Program Management and Chief of Staff.

Medical Instruments shop relocating to hospital

The Medical Instruments Department of the UI Carver College of Medicine is now a part of Engineering Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics, enabling it to continue serving its current clients and to accept new customers.

The machine shop will remain at B002 Medical Laboratories with the same contact telephone numbers until November 2010, when it will move to the lower level of General Hospital. The graphics shop has already moved to General Hospital and the new phone number is 353-6402.

Program makes vascular screening easy

The UI Heart and Vascular Center is offering an easy way for people to get screened for peripheral arterial disease. Nearly 10 million Americans are at risk for this serious vascular disease that is associated with stroke, heart attack, and sudden death.

People can directly schedule the three painless tests in one visit—carotid artery ultrasound, abdominal aortic ultrasound, and ankle brachial index. Candidates for screening include adults age 50 and older with any of these risk factors: diabetes; high cholesterol; high blood pressure; smoking; obesity; or family history of stroke, heart, or vascular disease. The $95 fee for all three screenings is not covered by insurance, but is reimbursable through flexible spending accounts.

To learn more, call 356-2777 or visit uihealthcare.com/depts/uiheartcare/vra.html.

 

 

 

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